While London restaurants remain shuttered, we’ve rounded up 10 new openings we’re looking forward to this year, from seafood sanctum Manzi’s to the Batman-themed Park Row.
Table Talk: Jeremy Chan
The head chef and co-founder of Ikoyi in Piccadilly on eating jellyfish aged six in Hong Kong, the importance of pushing flavour to its limit, and why winter is his favourite season.
Table Talk: Jackson Boxer
The brains behind Brunswick House in Vauxhall and Orasay in Notting Hill on growing radishes in his grandmother’s garden, eating lamb’s eyes in Istanbul and the electrifying thrill of drinking Meursault with Jean-Marc Roulot.
Table Talk: John Williams MBE
The South Shields-born executive chef of The Ritz London on searching for missing partridges during a royal banquet, being inspired by The Galloping Gourmet, and why foie gras and Yquem is the perfect match.
WLC Eats: Muse by Tom Aikens
Fastidious foodie Lucy Shaw heads to Tom Aikens’ 25-seater Muse in Belgravia for sensational sourdough slathered in cep butter, a smoked langoustine tail braised in Armagnac, and a wonderfully nutty vin jaune.
Theatreland favourite Joe Allen to reopen
Theatreland favourite Joe Allen in Coven Garden will reopen its doors in October for the first time in 18 months with a new bar overseen by Polpo’s Russell Norman.
Table Talk: Santiago Lastra
The chef-owner of KOL in Marylebone on how cooking can spark joy in dark moments; his admiration for Noma’s René Redzepi, and the inspiration behind his langoustine tacos.
WLC Eats: Café Biltmore
WLC’s greedy gourmand, Lucy Shaw, heads to Café Biltmore in Mayfair for a gargantuan fried chicken sarnie, a peachy glass of Cartology and an exemplary lemon tart.
WLC Meets: Carl Anthony Brown of Crossip
Carl Anthony Brown is an award-winning bartender, mixologist and TV drink’s expert. He worked in the drinks industry for 17 years before launching alcohol-free spirit Crossip last year.
Table Talk: Selin Kiazim
The chef-director of Oklava in Shoreditch on how her grandmothers baharat spiced bread inspired a lifelong love of food, eating mould at Noma and why summer is her favourite season.
The Langham appoints new Artesian bar manager
The Langham hotel in London has appointed Lorenza Pezzetta to the role of bar manager at its trend-setting cocktail bar, the Artesian.
Oeno House hosts London’s ‘most expensive’ wine tasting
Last week the recently opened Oeno House hosted what it claims was “London’s most expensive wine tasting” featuring drops from Bordeaux’s Liber Pater.